Category: Theater

Whatever Isn’t Love

Whatever Isn’t Love

[ 7 ] June 23, AD 2014 |

I was crying again. Sitting in the semi-darkness, the only light coming from the muted TV. Rocking her, always rocking her. My little 3rd child, the one who smiled at me first. The one who cries and cries when not in arms. The one whose body relaxes as I ease her into the Ergo, heart […]

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If Saints Were Superheroes

If Saints Were Superheroes

[ 3 ] April 26, AD 2014 |

I am a product of our culture. Like it or not, I find myself not only impressed but also convicted by “new expressions” of faith called for in the New Evangelization. Recently, I heard a talk by Fr. Mike Schmitz that I found to be not just a clever example of one such new expression but […]

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Merry Digital Christmas

Merry Digital Christmas

[ 0 ] December 15, AD 2013 |

As the day of Christ’s birth hurtles towards us, it is definitely easy to get caught up in the spin of things. Retailers, desperate to meet their bottom line and land a huge haul this shopping season, barrage us with seemingly great offers on all kinds of interesting items. Some are actually great gifts, others […]

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The Hidden Rebellion

The Hidden Rebellion

[ 3 ] September 20, AD 2013 |

Why would a successful producer with 16 years of high-level experience and an offer to become the lead production manager for one of the most prominent major global media outlets suddenly give his notice? It’s the same reason an award-winning director with a number of projects (and–even more time-consuming–a number of kids) would pick up […]

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Lorenzo

Lorenzo

[ 3 ] August 15, AD 2013 |

Lorenzo, a contemporary opera about the life of St. Lorenzo Ruiz, oozes with all the human drama that can be extracted from the life of the saint. Director Nonon Padilla dares potential viewers to come out of the theater with their eyes dry. The project was originally conceptualized as a movie which the actor Christopher […]

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Jesus, Welcome to My Messy Home

Jesus, Welcome to My Messy Home

[ 2 ] July 22, AD 2013 |

“Jesus entered a village where a woman whose name was Martha welcomed him. She had a sister named Mary who sat beside the Lord at his feet listening to him speak. Martha, burdened with much serving, came to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me by myself to […]

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Shakespeare’s Nativity Scene

Shakespeare’s Nativity Scene

[ 2 ] December 1, AD 2012 |

The works of William Shakespeare abound with the truths of the Catholic faith. Especially in his later plays (often called the “romances”), Shakespeare focuses his poetic imagination on the mysteries of grace, redemption, and resurrection. The results are surprising, strange, and wonderful stories that can do far more than entertain us. When he needed to […]

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Stabat Mater Dolorosa

Stabat Mater Dolorosa

[ 8 ] September 16, AD 2012 |

Saturday was the feast of Our Lady of Sorrows. The celebration of Mary standing at the foot of the cross. The suffering mother of the suffering Servant. It also happened to be the date of the South Bend-Fort Wayne Diocese women’s conference that I attended with some friends, where Scott and Kimberly Hahn were the […]

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Leaning Back

Leaning Back

[ 2 ] April 2, AD 2012 |

She leaned back into the soapy water, and we heard “whack!” as her head hit the side of the tub. Screaming ensued. Daddy swooped in, towel in hand, to scoop her up and carry her to her room. Her face, beet red, was still contorted with the ‘cry face’. Crying due to equal parts head […]

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God: He's In Your Bedroom

God: He's In Your Bedroom

[ 13 ] February 5, AD 2012 |

Sex and money. In our abysmal Pre-cana class before getting married, we were told that sex and money are the top two things that newly-weds fight about. They then proceeded to skip over all the virtues and talk about the “love languages” and how those would help us avoid all the sex and money fighting […]

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Don’t Judge Me!

Don’t Judge Me!

[ 8 ] January 17, AD 2012 |

It is the unspoken religious show-stopper. More evil than all evils is this act. What you might ask? A definition is in order: to judge (verb): to make people feel squirmy; to disagree; short for Catholicism. Example: Sam was upset because Julie judged him and said his sweater didn’t match his shoes. Well, of course that is […]

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New Nazareths

New Nazareths

[ 0 ] December 11, AD 2011 |

On my personal blog, Fumbling Toward Grace, I”ve taken an Advent blogging break in order to focus more on adequate spiritual preparation for Christmas, and to devote more time to the physical tasks I have to accomplish to make sure everyone has a peaceful, relaxing holiday. To keep with the spirit of the blogging break […]

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October Baby: Another Awesome Christian Film.

October Baby: Another Awesome Christian Film.

[ 5 ] November 1, AD 2011 |

This fall there have actual been a few movies out there that are more than “just ok” These movies make you laugh, cry, and walk away wanting to be a better person.(Courageous, Mighty Macs, to name a few), but this past weekend I was introduced to the movie October Baby. “October Baby” tells the story […]

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You Are Autumn

You Are Autumn

[ 2 ] October 31, AD 2011 |

Still I notice You when change begins, and I’m braced for colder winds I’ll offer thanks for what has been & what’s to come, You are autumn. – Nichole Nordeman It was early. Too early. Driving north with the sun rising slowly over the harvested fields. Fields that stood tall in the hot, July sun […]

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Good Wins

Good Wins

[ 5 ] October 24, AD 2011 |

“Fairy tales do not give a child his first idea of bogey. What fairy tales give the child is his first clear idea of the possible defeat of bogey. The baby has known the dragon intimately ever since he had an imagination. What the fairy tale provides for him is a St. George to kill […]

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Relational Giving

Relational Giving

[ 6 ] October 3, AD 2011 |

There are 84 days until Christmas. Does that number fill you with dread thinking of all that has to be done? Joy at the thought of Our Lord’s arrival in splendor? Perhaps a bit of both? I am a planner. Usully by this point in the year, I have my annual Christmas spreadsheet up and […]

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